Pregnancy Headaches Treatment

Treatment of Headaches in Pregnancy

Many women experience pregnancy headaches, especially in the first and third trimesters–but treatment of headaches in pregnancy becomes trickier when there’s a little one inside you.

Good news! There’s a completely natural method for dealing with headaches during pregnancy that can benefit you and your baby – chiropractic care!

What Causes Pregnancy Headaches?

Hormonal changes that affect estrogen levels, along with an increase in blood volume and circulation, are the most probable causes.

Some women who never had a migraine will experience their first, while others who are chronic migraine sufferers will experience fewer or none at all. Still others will see an increase in the frequency of migraine headaches.

Third trimester pregnancy headaches are often related to poor posture – the result of the extra weight of carrying the baby. They may also be related to a serious rise in blood pressure, known as preeclampsia, which requires immediate medical attention.

Causes of more frequent headaches during pregnancy include:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Low blood sugar
  • Dehydration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sinus congestion
  • Withdrawal from caffeine

It’s extremely important to keep to a regular eating schedule and to drink plenty of water when you’re pregnant to keep blood sugar stable.

Natural Pregnancy Headache Relief Without the Worry

Want to be sure you’re not taking any risks with headache relief medications? Then try chiropractic care, a safe and all-natural headache remedy that looks to eliminate the cause of headaches and doesn’t just mask the symptoms, essential for a women’s health.

When adjusting a pregnant women, a chiropractor aims to reduce unnecessary pressure on her spine while locating and correcting any subluxations, or misalignments, that have occurred. When addressed, your body can return to optimal function–nerves are now able to move freely throughout your body and send signals exactly as they were designed to.

The best part? There are specially trained chiropractors who have an incredible amount of knowledge and certifications in specifically caring for pregnant moms.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

pregnant woman stretchingNot only is it a safe pregnancy treatment, and keep in mind that headaches are a primary reason why patients see chiropractors in the first place, chiropractic care is good for mom and baby for a lot of other reasons.

During pregnancy, the spine can become misaligned due to an increase in weight, poor posture and pelvic changes. A misaligned spine is one of the most common causes of headaches.

Pelvic misalignments that occur during pregnancy can reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby and prohibit the baby from getting into the best “presenting” birth position.

Some additional benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy may include:

  • Creating the best environment for a healthier pregnancy
  • Reducing nausea
  • Providing relief for common back and neck pain
  • Reducing likelihood of caesarean birth

So, gentle, safe and all-natural chiropractic care may not only provide relief of pregnancy headache pain, it may have positive effects on many other aspects of your pregnancy.

In fact, many women have reported that they never felt better in their lives and that their pregnancies and births were so much easier and less painful as a result of chiropractic care.

Other Ways to Relieve Headaches Naturally

Although preventive migraine headache medications will most likely be on the “banned substances” list, here are a few things you can do to help relieve headaches during your pregnancy:

  • Get a massage to ease sore muscles in the neck and upper spine that may be contributing to your headache pain.
  • Identify areas of stress and attempt to avoid them.
  • Drink a few glasses of water when you first feel a headache coming on as insufficient fluid intake may be the cause. Drink 2-3 glasses of water to see if symptoms subside.
  • Apply a cool compress to your neck area for a tension headache and a warm compress to your face for a sinus headache.
  • Lie down in a dark room and rest for a bit.
  • Try to eat nutritious foods, maintain a regular sleep schedule, get some exercise, and drink plenty of fluids.

Some doctors will approve of your taking acetaminophen (Tylenol®), but you should not take any type of headache pain reliever, including herbal remedies, without first consulting a health care professional.

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